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Reply to information on my search for urQ-Coupe
In message <19970707.235607.9439.5.FACEMATE@juno.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam D. Spiker) writes:
> Ha Ha. Thanks guys. Yes the price tag did startle me! I guess I am
> looking for the ur-Q afterall.
Ur-quattros vary _incredibly_ depending on condition. In North America, with
the exception of a handful of grey imports, you're basically talking about a
single model. In Europe we have much older cars (e.g., with cable-operated
differential locks), much newer cars (TORSEN differentials, 20V engines,
etc.), and a greater variety of engines.
So in the USA and Canada it's really just condition. Over here, as well,
modifications (such as Treser performance kits) tend to _detract_ from the
value - the closer to pristine stock you get, the higher the price. Mileage is
less important than with other cars, because the basic engineering in the ur-
quattro is so strong. There are, however, _MANY_ _MANY_ more consumable parts
to worry about in the suspension and running gear - four bushes for each of the
front and rear subframes, two for each of four wishbones, the rear differential
mounting bushes, the front engine and gearbox mounts, etc., all of which have
quite an effect on handling.
In the first four years, my MB cost me around GBP10,000 ($16,000) in parts and
labour. Some of that (e.g., a new clutch) will last another 150k miles. Since
switching to 95% self-maintenance, my parts and labour costs have dropped to
around GBP1500 a year.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club